The European Freestyle Pro Tour is soon to kick off, we caught up with the team to find out what’s in store in the coming months.
With the year 2012 being a big success for the European Freestyle Pro Tour the whole team went into the well deserved ‘winter break’ just after the last event in the UK. We were using the rather quiet months to discuss future plans for the tour, making necessary adjustments, exchange with our supporting brands and media partners and last but not least we seized them to plan and organize new events.
Like last year we are going to start off the season with the Chiemsee European Tow-In Championship in Podersdorf, alongside the huge PWA event. We are expecting a large number of spectators, floodlit tow-in action and an exciting battle for this years title! Steven Van Broeckhoven, reigning European tow-in champion will have to defend his status against riders like Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard), Maarten Van Ochten (JP/Neilpryde), Frenchie Julien Mas (Sailloft) and local hero Max Matissek (Fanatic). We do know that all the riders did their homework over the winter season and do not underestimate the value of some tow-in training. We are looking forward to see the show!
The first exciting news considering freestyle contests came from Premantura, Croatia which already gained popularity due to the famous ‘Hallowind’ event, which took place many years before it got quiet around this spot in Southern Europe. This year new keen organizers stepped in. The event ‘Catch Me If You Can’ will be held from the 30th of October through the second of November with 10.000€ prize money for grasp. We are still in ongoing negotiations about a potential bigger tow-in event there on top of the ‘normal’ freestyle contest and will keep you updated.
Just after signing the contracts for Croatia, one of the EFPT’s top ten riders in 2012, Vladimir Yakovlev (JP/Neilpryde) from Russia contacted the press office. He declared his interest in running an event in Eysk, Russia at the Sea of Azov. Sponsored by the AQUALETO hotel, we could shortly after sign the contracts for the second 10.000€ prize money event this year! Yeah! The Aqualeto Cup will take place from the 20th until the 25th of May in Eysk and the pre-registration list is growing day by day. We’ll see big names like Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP/Neilpryde), Philip Soltysiak (Starboard), Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard), Yegor Popretinsky (JP/Neilpryde), Mattia Fabrizi (North/Fanatic) and top freestyler from the UK Adam Sims (Sailloft) battling it out amongst many other riders. Furthermore the organizers will make the riders feel like rockstars, granting free transfer, free accommodation and free food throughout the whole competition.
Beyond those confirmed events we are still negotiating with organizers in Greece, France and the UK and are still hoping to run our final event there. The King of the Wind in 2012 left everybody involved impressed and we are hoping for more in 2013!
I am looking forward to give you more insights and more details in the next EFPT monthly!
EFPT Press Officer